Recently some citizens in Beijing have been confused about their identity after seeing unfamiliar Beijing snacks in Wangfujing.
Wangfujing Street is one of the busiest business areas in Beijing. It is also the place where travelers find traditional Beijing snacks, clothes and handcrafts. However, recently there are many strange snacks that on the street that claimed to be “tradition Beijing style.”
Beijing Youth Daily reporters went to Wangfujing and found that food from other cities such as Diguo Menmian (stewed noodles), Tianfu Tofu, Spicy Crabs and Stinky Tofu are claimed to be Beijing snacks.
The owner of the Spicy Crabs shop said that the crabs were not from Beijing, but the way to cook the crabs were traditional Beijing style.
Some snack shops have chain stores in different cities and it’s hard to tell if the food is traditional Beijing snacks, such as fried milk, crispy durian, toothpick meat and spicy crabs.
According to investigation by Beijing Youth Daily reporters, the Wangfujing snack street is divided into three parts, each part has its own operator. The east part is Wangfujing Snack Street, the west part is Traditional Beijing Style Street and the middle is Food Street.
The spokesperson of Beijing Style Street confirmed that some “Beijing snack” shops are under their management but they were not clear about the names of the food.
Another shop owner said that the name of the shop only needs to be different from other shops.
Hou Jia, director of Beijing Traditional Snacks Association, said that though the names of the shops are not illegal, they do provide tourists with wrong information about Beijing snacks.